Geophagus steindachneri
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Geophagus steindachneri

Common Names: Redhump Eartheater
Redhump Geophagus
Synonyms: Geophagus hondae
Family: Cichlidae
Category: Cichlids
Distribution: America - South; Columbia, South America.
Main Ecosystem: River; River
Temperament: Peaceful; Peaceful, even for a cichlid. When a female refuses to breed, the male becomes very aggresive towards her, at times even killing her. Females are protective when they have eggs in their mouth.
Diet: Ominvore; Ominvore
Care: Feed with flakes. Geophagis hendai needs a tank with small, deep gravel and some hiding places made from rocks.
6.5 - 7
24°C - 27°C
75°F - 81°F
5 dH - 15 dH
Potential Size: Male: 20cm (7.9")
Female: 20cm (7.9")
Water Region: Middle, Bottom; Middle-Bottom
Activity: Diurnal; Diurnal
Gender: Males have an orange patch at the corners of its mouth. Males are larger, more colourful, with elongaded fins and a defined red bump on the top of his head.
Breeding: Male intices the female by opening his mouth and shaking his jaw. Use higher temperatures of 28-31°C. Geophagis Hendai is a mouth brooder. After breeding, separate the male from the female. The eggs are laid on carefully cleaned rocks and immediately taken into the mouth of the female. After this, do not offer food to the female until after the fry become visible as the eggs may be accidentally swallowed. Mating rituals can take up to 6 hours.
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Main Colours: Brown, White
Markings: Not Specified
Mouth: Downturned
Tail: Concave
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